Call for papers

The call for papers is closed

We are happy to announce SysMus22 is taking place in Ghent, Belgium! SysMus is a series of international conferences organized annually by young researchers and PhD students in the field of Systematic Musicology and music science. By being able to present work to peers in a professional, yet informal setting, students who are still at the beginning of their academic career can share their ideas, and network with peers. SysMus is committed to incorporating a wide range of topics within its conferences, representative of the umbrella term “systematic musicology”. For its 2022 edition we seek contributions addressing any of the following subjects:


  1. Information, computation, and engineering
  • Sound and music computing
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Music technology
  • Device development
  • Instrument design
  • Music information retrieval
  • Game theory, mathematical models, machine learning, AI, etc.


2. Music, mind and brain

  • Music psychology
  • Music cognition & perception
  • Music & health
  • Neuroaesthetics & emotion
  • Neuro/physiology of music
  • Neuro/pharmacology of music


3. Education, performance, and interaction

  • Educational practices
  • Composition & music education in the digital age
  • Communication and interaction
  • Improvisation, coordination, & timing


4. Theoretical, philosophical, and cultural dialogue

  • 4E (embodied, embedded, enactive, and extended) cognition
  • Music analysis & theory
  • (Cross-) Cultural musicology
  • Critical perspectives on systematic musicology


Note that this list is not exhaustive.  Let us know if you are not sure whether your topic would be suited for the conference.


Please submit your abstract by 1st April 2022. Abstracts should consist of 300-500 words (excluding references), and should contain Background, Aims, Methods, Results, and Discussion headers. References should be in APA 7. Authors should avoid referring to their own names within the submitted abstracts, as acceptance will be determined by anonymous peer review. Abstracts are to be submitted within this submission portal (link removed).

Authors can choose to give an oral presentation in Ghent or virtually. The timeslots will be 20 minutes long, with 12 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for discussion, and 3 minutes for the preparation of the next talk.

There is also the possibility to present a poster. All posters will be presented virtually, and allocated timeslots will not overlap with any other activity.